Samsung may have pulled back from the smartphone race at Mobile World Congress (although they’ll show Galaxy S8 at the end of the month) but they didn’t go empty-handed there. The company revealed three tablets: the Tab S3 and two Galaxy Book models. The latter run Windows 10, which puts them face to face with Surface Pro 4, and, thanks to several new features, could help them come on top #hardwaremagic
Undoubtedly, Samsung did several things right with the Galaxy Book tablets:
1. Samsung Galaxy Book (the 12-inches model) is thinner and lighter than Microsoft Surface Pro 4. When it comes to super portable PCs (which, in essence, these tablets are), weight and thickness counts. You’re probably going to take this 2-in-1 with you everywhere, so you should aim to get the best performance in the most convenient form. Both Galaxy Book models are lighter than the Surface Pro 4 and the 12-inches one is even thinner than the Pro 4, coming at 7.4mm.
2. Battery life is longer. You get 10.5 hours of playback with Samsung Windows tablets, while Microsoft’ variant can promise only 9 hours, at most. Plus, you get fast charging technology from Samsung.
3. There are three ways of propping up the tablet. Instead of adapting to the fixed position of the iPad Pro, you can make the stand of the Samsung Galaxy Book adjust to you. There are three angles you can use: PC, Easel and Note.
4. Both the keyboard and the S Pen are included in the tablet package. Unlike the case of the Surface Pro 4, you will get a back-lit keyboard (on the 12-inch model) from the get-go, in the same bundle as the tablet. Although we don’t know how much these tablets are going to cost, they should retail for less than $929 to be considered competitive. As the TabS3, Galaxy Book devices will get the S Pen previously known as the main companion of the Note smartphone series.
5. You can sync content with your Galaxy smartphone and unlock the tablet from the phone via fingerprint sensor. Samsung has realized, a bit late albeit, that connecting devices such as tablets and smartphones is a great move for multitask-ers. Both Galaxy Book models can sync with a Galaxy smartphone, making data transfer extremely easy. Oh, and you can even unlock your tablet remotely using the fingerprint sensor from the phone. This is all thanks to the Samsung Flow app, a sort of Apple Handoff.
6. Working seamlessly, from tablet to Galaxy phone, is possible. The company is finally doing seamless working right. You can pick up work on the phone from where you left off (on the tablet).
7. Both tablets are LTE compatible. Finally, you can stop depending on your home Wi-Fi or searching for pubs with wireless internet. We were told that the Windows tablets from Samsung are available in LTE versions so you can share your data plan with your newest device.
Before we conclude this article, adding that these tablets’ tour de force was a success at MWC 2017, here are the main specs you should know of:
- 10.6″ TFT FHD /12″ Super AMOLED model
- 7th Gen Intel Core m3 processor / 7th Gen Intel Core i5
- 4GB + 64 GB with microSD up to 256GB / 4GB+128GB with microSD up to 256GB
- 5MP front camera, 13MP rear camera
- Windows 10